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President Obama Visits Ground Zero

by Chiara Wegener
President Obama greets family members of 9/11 victims
Chiara Wegener/WFUV

President Obama visited Ground Zero Thursday for a symbolic wreath-laying ceremony.

President Obama paid his first visit as Commander-in-Chief to Ground Zero on Thursday, following the death of Osama bin Laden on Sunday.

The President met with firefighters, police officers, elected officials and family members of 9/11 victims. Politicians  at the gathering included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Charles Rangel.

During the ceremony President Obama laid two wreaths: one at the site where the towers collapsed, and another at the foot of the "Survivor Tree", which managed to survive the terrorist attacks.

Elected officials collectively agreed that bin Laden's death lifted a weight off of the shoulders of family members of those who died on 9/11.

"It's a relief," said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. "Clearly the President was not of a celebratory mind. There was no celebration, bravado, but a somber moment."

"It certainly gives us a happier chapter," said New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. "A lot of Americans want to put an exclamation point on the accomplishments of those Navy Seals, so I think that's what this is."

Outside of the ceremony, cheering crowds gathered hoping to get a glimpse of the President.

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